Lost my partner going up one shoot early. Had to do a few risky moves to get to the peak, but well worth it!
Climbed Thompson as one of 9 summits during an amazing 4-day backpacking trip in the Sawtooths. My second time summiting Thompson. Fun scramble and very straightforward route as long as you go all the way to the Thompson/Mickeys saddle. Trip Report
Saw 2 Nanny Goats and 2 Kid Goats below. Crazy smoke made it surreal. Went up from the north ridge to make it interesting.
Was my 4th time up!
My first Sawtooth summit. Coming from doing most of my hiking/climbing in the Northeastern United States and Colorado, this was a nice introduction to Idaho. We put in about a 11 hour day. On the ascent, we tried a short cut that got us into class 5 terrain, and on the way down, we lost the route and were on some super sketchy scree slopes... Good times!!
Easy scrambling, but certainly a long trek. I went with my wife's parents- real troopers at 60 years old!
The summit is great. It's basically a series of spikes with few places to sit. Flat or dome-shaped summits just don't have that same cool factor.
Excellent day of adventures with SawtoothSean. Felt more like October than August, with a big snow squall on the summit of Thompson. Later climbed Mickey’s Spire, then some wild rappels on our way to climb Anna’s Pinnacle. Long descent down Fishhook Creek. Used headlamps for last section of trail. Trip Report
Did the standard route with Class 4 finish (from north on summit ridge, from south to summit is Class2). Traversed over to Mickey's Spire, then rappelled to base of Anna's Pinnacle and climbed that. Snow squalls and sun.
Hiked this peak via Alpine way then exited through the Goat Lake drainage to make a loop out of it. Beautiful day to be in the Sawtooths!
13 hours car to car from the Alpine Way TH. Had to snowshoe the 7 mile approach to avoid postholing. Switched to crampons around 9000ft, climbed a mellow couloir on the North side near the Williams saddle, then traversed to the South Couloir to summit. The snowshoe back to the car took 7 miserable hours due to wet extremely rotten snow. Definitely a death march on the way out.
Congratulations. You put in a good day!
Climbed TP with Dave Jenkins. Memorable notes, skiing in Goat Valley, waking up to snow on the ground and a Deer looking in my sleeping bag at me. Back then there were no fancy light weight tents or for the most part gear. It was Familia for breakfast, freezed dried dinners and no people.. Just remember signing the book in the silver steel box and using an old USGS map to find our way. Wondering if the box is still up there?
7.16.13- I left the Williams Peak summit around 3:15pm, and slowly made my way down to the saddle between Williams and Thompson by hugging the rock walls to the north of the scree. After traversing past the main headwall, I waited for about fifteen minutes for my climbing partner to catch up (he was having difficulty with his boots and had pretty sore legs from his first peak ever!).
I waited for him at the saddle to see if he wanted to attempt the climb up Thompson. He decided to stay behind, and I began my way up from the saddle shortly after 4:00. I hiked directly south up the talus and over a small headwall before circling around the peak toward the south couloir. Upon reaching the saddle between Thompson and the peak to the south, I turned directly north and headed up the low class 3 route. With strong legs, a climber should be able to do most of it without using their hands.
I reached the summit shortly after 5:00 with stormclouds approaching. We had spent a good part of the afternoon watching clouds slip to the North and throw lightning at the surrounding forest. After spending a short time signing the register and taking pictures, I boogied out in order to avoid the black clouds that were getting dangerously close. As I hiked down, it became apparent that this storm would follow a similar pattern and slip North just as the others had.
It was a great summit, and definitely taxing after summiting Williams. I'd like to return on a clear day and be able to spend a little more time on the top before heading out to summit the peaks to the south and west.
8.2.15- Reached the summit and headed over to Mickey's Spire. No thunderstorms this time. :)
Was a little nervous that all the smoke from the wildfires around Stanley would thwart our attempt on Thompson Peak, but everything worked out (fire near Redfish Lake trailhead started just an hour after we got back down). The views were among the best I've seen (un-named lake at 9,000 feet is probably the most impressive alpine lake I've been to), and my brother Johnny and I really liked the fun scrambling on the north end of the headwall (went that way to avoid steep snow slope on south end) and near the summit. The Sawtooths definitely get my vote as the next spot that should be made a national park (surprised it's not already one), but maybe it's for the best that it's not one (we were the only ones going for the summit today). See "Overlooked Idaho" trip report for details.
Great day trip from Redfish Lake. Still a little snow on the saddle headwall- glad I brought my 'pons and axe. Pretty quiet up there, though did meet and team up with J from Boise for the climbing portion from the lake. Beautiful area!
Spent the night in the hanging meadow with access to a nice little creek. Incredible views of the range from the summit, and some of the best glissading on the way back down. Still the most beautiful climb I have ever been on.
Beautiful high lakes on the way up. I should have started earlier to go up the other peaks in the area.
Unsure if we were on the right line but it felt about right for the grade. Whichever route it was, the rock was surprisingly solid!
This was my first scramble in the Sawtooths and it almost shot me down. one of the most scenic places in the state! we started off at 7:15 at a balmey 22 degrees and cut off the trail and followed the ridge. the alpine cirque was amazing and the exposure off the face was incredible. we found the trail on the way back down. all and all a long day but worth every minute of it. I will be back to climb more in this region.
A really enjoyable and mostly straightforward climb. Thompson may be the highest in the Sawtooths, but also seems like it might be one of the easiest from this standard route - great training for harder peaks. And gorgeous views!